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I have done it, I have survived the unique experience of marrying off our second daughter. The road to the altar for all of us was pretty much like I expected and, in a way, it feels good to look … more
RALEIGH — Friar Laurence has the best of intentions. But in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the friar’s well-intended interventions do not yield happy results. Laurence’s … more
North Carolina’s most important emergency is not the next federal government shutdown. Nor is it a fake national emergency on the nation’s southern border. Our state’s real emergency is a … more
The request was for me to talk to an audience about how to conduct civil, meaningful and honest discussions among people with different faiths, politics and philosophies. The inviter, an Episcopalian … more
I am now of the age when all of my friends’ daughters are becoming Girl Scouts. They post pictures of their cute kids in their blue Daisy uniforms and talk about meetings and singing songs and … more
Dear Shaun, I’m very sorry that it took 15 years for me to write you this letter. I’m writing it now to share with you a handful of crucial concepts that you’re going to need to … more
I have to tell you last week I had a busy week and for that I am grateful because it made ignoring the insanity of American politics even easier than normal. Now, having said that, I did come across … more
I recently penned details surrounding a potential home invasion at my parent’s. A few folks have since requested a follow-up. The last editorial finished with dozens of neighbors, friends, … more
As president of the North Carolina Community College System and state superintendent of our K-12 public schools, we are happy to highlight February as Career Pathways Month in North Carolina. We work … more
OK, OK, so the Super Bowl is over and it was once again a New England Patriots thing and I certainly don’t want to belabor it any longer, I’ll just move past it. One of the best things about … more
Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as “Your Majesty”? You say, “Williams, that’s lunacy! You can’t prove such nonsense.” You’re wrong. It’s … more
Early in Peter Jackson’s film “The Fellowship of the Ring,” Frodo Baggins discovers that he possesses the One Ring — forged thousands of years earlier by the Dark Lord Sauron, and lost when … more
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